The crowd looks on as a runner passes through one of the points of the eighth annual Race of Grace.
The crowd looks on as a runner passes through one of the points of the eighth annual Race of Grace.
Richard Goldman of Philadelphia captured the eighth annual Race Of Grace Triathlon Saturday with a final time of 1:15:55.

The Race Of Grace starts with a .25 mile swim. Goldman came out of the water in 7.55 minutes. He followed up by averaging 23.5 mph in the 18-mile bike ride and finished with a time of 46.03 minutes.

He then ran the 5K run with a time of 21:02 minutes to come in first overall.

There were 108 competitors in the triathlon.

Jason Nail of Brandon placed second overall with a time of 1:17:01 followed by Trey Usry, also of Brandon, who finished with a time of 1:19:35. Scott Joyner of Ridgeland placed fourth and Paul Holley of Brandon came in fifth.

Samantha Mazer of Ridgeland was the top female finisher with a time of 1:22.44. Laura Stanley of Brandon came in second followed by Laura Leigh Moody of Jackson in third, Ginger Wartes of Brandon in fourth and Jodie Joyner of Brandon in fifth.

Tim Irvine of Meridian won the Men's Masters Division with a time of 1:22:05 while Stephanie Weldon of Jackson won the Female Masters Davison with a time of 1:33:44.

Ethan Pendergrass came in second in the Men's 20-24 division with a time of 1:32:29,

Chad Westmoreland of DeKalb won the men's 35-39 division with a time of 1:22:49.

In mixed team competition, Jim and Amy Wilborn of Philadelphia came in fourth overall with a time of 2:06:29. The winners of the mixed team competition were Tyson Pompelia and Haley Wilson of Collinsville with a time of 1:38.26.

The Race Of Grace Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event. Proceeds from the triathlon benefit the mission programs are Cooks United Methodist Church and the Mars Hill United Methodist Church.

"The weather was perfect," said race organizer Coy Miller. "It had been hot all during the week before but the temperatures cooled down for the race. It was a good event."